A Goodwill Boutique
The new Olympia, Washington store opens today September 5th at 10am. Customers and neighbors will find themselves surrounded by high end second hand items beautifully merchandised and priced to sell. Did I mention free cupcakes? YES! First 50 customers courtesy of Bonjour Cupcakes in Olympia. And, don’t forget to enter the drawing to win a $250 gift card.
Personally, I never knew Olympia had such a cute little downtown core. The tree lined streets are full of activity: small coffee shops, antique stores, hip bars, and of course the new blue Boutique! Just make sure when you type in the address to your GPS that you specify Capital Way SOUTH (not north.. woops).
To the average thrift store shopper that enjoys the hunt and the fantastic deal, this store may not quench the treasure hunting thirst. But to the novice thriftier who doesn’t like to get their hands dirty, this is the place for you. Yes, it’s priced a little higher than a normal Goodwill but consider it a convenience fee. Clean and bright, organized and perfectly merchandised, this store feels like you are in a cozy well stocked boutique (’cause you are!). All they are missing is the smelly soaps, lotions, and hand made greeting cards.
Store Manager Candra Hooker and her team take pride in their work. The merchandising is flawless! Well coordinated outfits around the store inspire creativity. There is something for everyone. When you walk in the carefully selected, like-new housewares are displayed on clean and gorgeous shelving.
Directly to the right of the door a distinguished reading nook and library sit warmly lit. The men’s section next to it contains many high end numbers. A Seahawks Jersey (Thomas #29) new with tag at less than half the price it would be new, white great condition Ecco slip-ons, heavy flannel coat, and manly collectables. All a guy needs is a cigar and he’s set (there’s already a flask….)!
Why buy your kid brand new clothes when they’ll just out grow them in a month or two? Goodwill is the perfect place to shop for your kid. The back of the store has racks of clothing from newborn to toddler and above. At least half of the merchandise I saw was new with tag.
The woman’s section in the middle of the store leaves nothing to be desired. The color coordinated Jewelry Case begs to be stared at.
Everyday the store receives new shipments from the distribution center of the crème de la crème Goodwill donations. You can also bring (small) donations to this store. The storage in the back is very minimal but they will gladly accept your gently used items. Of course the proceeds from this store go to support all the community services Tacoma Goodwill provides. So you know that the $15 you pay for that new pair of jeans will go to help someone get their GED or to someone learning the food service ropes at Tacoma Goodwill’s Neighborhood Bistro.
Things to Remember:
- Bring quarters for parking; $1 will buy you about an hour. Almost all the streets are metered 3 hour limit. I had no problem finding a spot on a busy Wednesday afternoon.
- Today an umbrella is a good idea (and tomorrow for that matter). You will probably have to walk a few blocks through a bustling cute neighborhood.
- Located on Capital Way SOUTH between 5th and Legion (click here for Google map)
- Hours: Mon-Sat 10-7 Sunday 11-4
- Hit the Olympia Goodwill store afterwards! Just a few minutes away….
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